ARIA AMAZON’s luxury river cruise transports guests in exceptional comfort deep into the Amazon rainforest. It cruises along the Marañon River, the Amazon’s largest tributary, as well as the Yarapa and Yanayacu-Pucate all rich in vibrant wildlife and thriving rainforests. Explore into the dense jungle on foot in search of three-toed sloth’s, toucans, macaws. Meet taricaya turtles in their natural habitat and the endangered pink dolphins, unique to the Amazon. Or catch the unique piranha while fishing from the comfortable skiffs. Learn about the diverse Amazon wildlife and birds of the Pacaya-Samiria as you sail towards the birthplace of the Amazon.
The excursions are conducted by highly-experienced naturalist guides with up to eight guests. This exclusivity provides you with a great opportunity for life-enriching wildlife encounter in the Amazon rainforest. While travelling in comfortable small boats, you’ll get deep into the Amazon’s tributaries and walk through the wet Amazon rain forest. The English speaking guides are true “river dwellers” as they grew up on the banks of the Amazon; they know every bird and mammal calls. As true natives, they possess the ability to spot a three-toed sloth sleeping high up in the tree canopy, or an anaconda slithering along the shoreline.
ARIA AMAZON offers 3-night, 4-night and 7-night river cruises all year round. The 4-night cruise manages to fit major highlights of the Peruvian Amazon and the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve in an action-packed itinerary. Trek into the dense jungle with experienced guides in search of wildlife such as monkeys, toucans and macaws. Journeys focus on the Ucayali tributary, where wildlife feeding and nesting grounds are aplenty.
During the 3-night Amazon Explorer Cruise, you will get a taste of the most biodiverse rainforest in the world. It focuses on the Marañon, the Amazon River’s largest tributary, as well as other neighbouring waterways, the Yarapa and Yanayacu-Pucate. Discover the habitats of these nutrient-rich water bodies and how they — and the lush jungle around them — support a vast array of wildlife.
The acclaimed 7-night Amazon Expedition Cruise lets guests experience the most luxurious and complete of Amazon journeys. It sails among the two tributaries, Marañon and Ucayali, that give the Amazon river its life. This all-encompassing itinerary lets explorers discover the best that Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve has to offer, including its hidden lakes and lagoons, as well as fantastic jungle trails.
The cruise was built in 2011 and refurbished in 2015. Onboard, 16 spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows give guests a full view of the Amazon’s majestic river and rainforests. The top deck features ample amenities that include a jacuzzi, indoor lounge and bar, and an outdoor observation deck. In the dining room, guests also savour the best of Peruvian cuisine. It features a comprehensive dining menu created by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s most accomplished chefs.
The Amazon is a year-round destination with two distinct seasons, for more information, have a look at our blog on when is the best time to travel to the Amazon?
You will be met at Iquitos international airport and then transferred, by air-conditioned vehicle, through the Peruvian countryside to Nauta’s Main Wharf to board the Aria Amazon. Along the way, stop for a riverside lunch en route (or a box lunch, depending on the flight arrival time).
The afternoon continues with an introduction to this historic city and the opportunity to meet an indigenous Amazon community. At 6:00 pm you’ll board the ARIA AMAZON. Settle into your generously proportioned suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures.
Following a routine safety drill and introduction to our naturalist guides, gather for innovative Amazonian cuisine created by the Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Malabar, is the one of Lima’s top-ranked dining experiences.
Yanayacu-pucate River -& Lisboa Town- Rise with the sun for early morning birdwatching along the Marañon River and enjoy breakfast in the middle of the jungle. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River as we seek the legendary pink river dolphins. In the afternoon, visit a local village and interact with the native people and visit local schoolchildren.
Samiria River- The rewards for your early start today are plentiful: a full day excursion including a picnic lunch accompanied by the jungle symphony and fishing on the blackwater of the Samiria River. On the way back to the Marañon River after lunch, venture out by skiffs alongside the banana boats transporting jungle products, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.
Nauta Caño River & Jungle Walk- As the day begins, embark on a morning wildlife excursion on the extraordinary blackwater Nauta Caño River.
In the afternoon, take a jungle walk on the firm soil forest of Casual while looking for flora and fauna which may include medicinal trees, insects and poison dart frogs. Learn more about the different rainforest strata and ecosystems. At night, focus our hi-tech telescope on the sky to identify the stars, planets and the milky way.
Manatee Rescue Center/ Transfer to the airport- In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish.
Return to the Aria Amazon for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.